Review: Air Canada Business Class CRJ-9: Halifax – Ottawa

This post is one chapter on our trip to Atlantic Canada on Air Canada. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Air Canada Business Class, Canadair Regional Jet 900, Halifax – Ottawa

As in the way out, I used Air Canada E-Upgrades courtesy of Elite Status to upgrade this flight from an economy fare. The E-Upgrades expire every year and I had little use for them otherwise. I eventually headed down to the concourse to look for my departing flight. It was a pretty serene experience, unlike the crowds you can experience at American or other larger airports. Today’s CRJ was parked at the gate, a tiny aircraft, in its spacious surroundings.

Air Canada 
AC 8637 – Business Class (R)
YHZ – YOW (Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Ottawa Cartier International Airport)
Nov 10, 2019
3:40 PM – 4:31 PM (scheduled)
Booked: CRJ-900
Flown: CRJ-900

They were oversold today and were offering flight bumps at the gate in the amount of $600 for travel the next day. I was tempted there for a minute but I had arranged date night in Ottawa with MrsWT73 tonight who was to be in town on business so I passed.

On Board Air Canada Short Haul Business Class:

Eventually getting on board, the seat was the same as on the way out; a recycled photograph. There was water on the seat which served as the de-facto pre-departure beverage.

The climb out was over the now familiar rural terrain; not a building or other occupation for miles around.

Today’s lunch offer was a couscous wrap with a gin and tonic. Unfortunately, I had apathetic crews today that seemed to be just going through the motions. The food was dropped off and they pretty much disappeared for the rest of the flight; a formidable challenge on such a small aircraft as a CRJ 


It was a short flight today, eventually landing in rainy Ottawa. As you can see, the arrival hall was very busy, like everywhere else so far on this trip (laughing).

Air Canada Short Haul Business Class summary:

The business class service on these narrow body jets are better than sitting in the back but not all by much. I suppose if you add the checked bags, priority boarding and lounge access it represents a bit better value than being cramped in the tail of the plane, but I wouldn’t expect too much more than that.

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